Learn to ski in Alpe d’Huez
Situated 1,5hrs drive from Grenoble and 3hrs drive from Turin, Alpe d'Huez is located within the French department of Isère, on the Grandes Rousses massif. Home to the Pic Blanc glacier (3300m), the pistes in Alpe d'Huez are snow-sure and skiing is also possible in summer.
Alpe d’Huez is part of the Grand Domaine ski area, which also encompasses the resorts of Auris-en-Oisans, Huez-en-Oisans, Oz-en-Oisans, Vaujany and Villard Reculas and offers 250km of slopes. Thanks to having the highest yearly average of sunny days, the resort has the well-earned nickname 'l'Isle du Soleil' or The Island of the Sun.
With sunny slopes for all abilities, 2 snowparks for freestyling fun plus the renowned 'Famille Plus' label status, Alpe d’Huez is the ideal destination for families.
Ski lessons for beginners in Alpe d’Huez
Alpe d’Huez has some of the most extensive nursery slopes in the Alps, making the resort ideal for ski novices. There are two main beginner areas; one at the Bergers area of the village and the second on the slopes by the DMC1 gondola. The two areas are linked by easy pistes and offer numerous green runs with varying terrain that are perfect for learners to practice the skiing basics.
Ski schools in Alpe d’Huez offer ski lessons to young learners aged 2yrs and older. In the first lessons, ski novices familiarise themselves with the equipment whilst learning the basics of snowplough and gliding.
Once these moves are well-established, the ski schools in Alpe d’Huez take their novices to green or blue slopes, where they first try out skiing on pistes with a gentle gradient.
Kids’ ski lessons in Alpe d’Huez
Ski schools in Alpe d’Huez offer ski lessons from age 2yrs. The youngest skiers learn the snowplough and glide in one of the kindergarten areas. The kindergarten slopes are secure and very child-friendly, and ski mascots help the little learners get used to moving on skis.
Dependent on the school, kids aged either 4yrs+ or 6yrs+ and up to 12yrs start to learn the basics on green beginner slopes within the resort. Classes have no more than 10 participants and are arranged according to ability and age.
Once the snowplough and glide moves are secure, lessons progress to easier blue runs, to further improve the basic techniques. The ski schools in Alpe d’Huez take their young skiers with previous experience directly to the more challenging blue or red runs within the resort, to work on parallel skiing or carving turns.
Families with mixed abilities can head up to the Pic Blanc glacier in the Marmottes lifts, to enjoy skiing the high altitude blue runs.
Alpe d'Huez ski pass
The Alpe d'Huez ski pass covers the whole Grand Domaine skiing area, including Alpe d'Huez, Auris-en-Oisans, Villard-Reculas, Vaujany and Oz-en-Oisans. Individual passes for Vaujany and Oz en Oisans are also available. The ski schools in Alpe d'Huez will be happy to provide more information.
Ski lesson prices in Alpe d’Huez
Some ski schools in Alpe d’Huez offer ski lessons with optional ski hire. The prices quoted are the lowest price per lesson within the season, not including equipment:
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The best ski schools in Alpe d’Huez
Easyski Alpe d’Huez
The experienced Easyski team offers group and private ski and snowboard lessons in English and French.
Meeting point 2,5-4yrs:
The Magic Marmotte Park, left of the "Grenouilles" magic carpet.
Meeting point others:
The EasySki chalet, next to the ski pass office.
CheckYeti customers reviews:
relaxed, beginner friendly, patient
ESF Alpe d’Huez
The 300+ team of international instructors offers ski and snowboard lessons in multiple languages, including English.
Meeting point others:
At the Les Bergers shopping centre.
What makes ski lessons in Alpe d’Huez special
Young skiers aiming to become future Olympic champions can show their talent at the Alpe d'Huez Cup. This giant slalom competition is held every January on the Stade du Signal and is designed specifically for children aged between 9-16yrs.
For those who want to extend their skiing day into the evening, floodlit night skiing at the Signal piste is available every Thursday throughout winter, and also on Tuesdays during school holidays.